More mini-journal making: A last minute handmade holiday project! The perfect addendum to your store bought gift

Perhaps you’ve already done your shopping and you want to add a handmade addendum to your gifts to personalize them. Making mini-journals is the perfect way to do that. They are so fun to make. I’ve made about a million this gift season. I use mine like a blackberry minus the emailing and internet searching. I keep them in all of my bags for taking notes, writing down great ideas, or destinations I need to get to etc. I love giving gifts that are useful in some way and ephemeral. I mean permanence is nice but I love the idea that these are precious but only for a time. They’re meant for active use not just to sit pretty on a shelf someplace. Here are my other DIY craft projects for you to try as well: Mini-Journal makinggold leaf journals, festive necklace how-to, feather hair accessory how-to (all gift possibilities).

And now for the latest winter holiday themed journal how-to:

  1. Cut a piece of oak tag, metallic paper, and Kraft paper (or colored construction paper) for the “cover” the same size and fold like a card
  2. With a glue stick glue your “cover” to the oak tag and the metallic paper as inside paper
  3. Cut printer paper as your inside pages (I round the edges or cut in a wavy shape) and staple inside (If you want to hide the staples do this step before gluing the cover paper on the oak tag)
  4. Here’s where you get creative: Buy a snowflake stamp and stamp it all over cover to make a lacy snowflake effect, cut cool shapes out of metallic paper and glue on, get snowflake punchers from art/craft store and cut metallic snowflakes out and glue stick on to cover, use a matte knife (carefully) and cut out shapes to glue on to cover….any or all of these ideas are fun and easy to do and give the journal a wintery feel.

Et viola! Read the first journal making how-to for more binding techniques and enjoy this project. I suggest wrapping a small bunch of different size journals together as an addendum to a store bought gift or as a sole gift. Enjoy happy holiday crafting!

4 Responses to More mini-journal making: A last minute handmade holiday project! The perfect addendum to your store bought gift

  1. yasmine December 23, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    they’re awesome samantha!

    how did you bind them? i see some staples on some of them…but what did you use with the others? have you tried book binding glue?

  2. Samantha Hahn December 24, 2008 at 12:00 am #

    Hey Yasmine….
    These are just stapled. I was in a rush to create a bunch of them. Others from the past tutorials have been bound with ribbon. I should try book binding glue. Where do you get it? I should just take a book making class. I just play around and make things up but I love doing it. I just love sketchbooks and journals and making them is so tactile and fun. Let me know where you got the glue…or I’ll just google it!!

  3. RaiulBaztepo March 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  4. Samantha Hahn March 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    thanks Raiul!

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